China

 

Life Through the Eyes of Chinese Middle School Students

Posted by Heather Tang in China

WorldTeach volunteer Lisa Shen recently asked her Chinese students what life means to them. Check out Lisa’s great story and the responses from her students who are quickly learning the English language!   Recently, my school changed all the Junior 3 classes around in preparation for the 中考 (Zhongkao, otherwise known as the test that decides where you will go to high school). About 150 students decided to forgo the test and stay at CFLS for their high school education. The rest of the grade had to buckle down and start studying even more. The students that decided to stay were placed in 3 classes called Helicopter classes, where they will begin studying Senior 1 material. I was told I…

Holidays Away From Home

Posted by Heather Tang in China

Even though many WorldTeach volunteers spend their holiday season away from their home and families, they certainly do not spend it alone. Alyssa, a WorldTeach China volunteer, recounts her non-traditional Thanksgiving surrounded by her new friends and colleagues.       Winter has finally arrived here in China, but without the typical holiday festiveness in the air. Holidays are the hardest time while living abroad and you need to make sure you find ways to make it your own. As I sit here, freezing my little buns off because China has yet to discover central heat or insulation, and because winter in Changsha consists of rain, lots of it and a constant temp between 39-45 degrees F, I realize I…

Last Chances

Posted by Heather Tang in China

As many of our year-long programs prepare to depart this summer, our current volunteers in-country are faced with looming goodbyes and the end of their time at their schools and communities. Below, WorldTeach China volunteer Jolie Lee reflects on her last weeks as an oral English teacher at her school.       My students received their last batch of pen pal letters today.   “This is your last chance,” I told them. “Think hard about what you want to write.”   My students were surprised that we would not continue writing letters next year. I broke the news that I was only teaching at their school for this year. After that, there would be a different foreign teacher.  …

Teaching the Teacher: Cooking Lessons

Posted by Heather Tang in China

Jolie Lee, a year-long volunteer in China, writes about receiving a cooking lesson from some of her teenaged students at her teacher’s apartment! Jolie, a Northwestern graduate who worked as a reporter in Chicago prior to serving with WorldTeach, is teaching Middle School in a town called Lengshuijiang, or “Cold Water River”, located about four hours south of Changsha in Hunan Province.   I wouldn’t say I am a bad cook — just an infrequent one. I cook a few things and I cook them well, but my repertoire is very limited. When I told my students that the main dish I make is fried rice, they immediately offered to whip up a meal for me. Teach the teacher. I…